Monthly Archives: January 2013

The Multiple Work Theory

Some writing advice dictates that you should never ‘save’ anything for future works, but instead leave it all on the table in your current work, as if it will be the only book you’ll ever write. There’s some merit in … Continue reading

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Originality

Originality is one of those elusive qualities about storytelling that everyone seems to have a different opinion on. Some people celebrate originality for its own merits, praising original works in blurbs on the front cover with adverbs like “blindingly,” and … Continue reading

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Writing Quotes

Writing is solitary work, and for the most part, I think we like it that way. But sometimes it’s nice to get a little refresher that you are not alone, and that writing is hard–and you’re not the only one … Continue reading

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The Key to Being a Published Writer

I am hardly a published writer, so it may make me sound like a jerk to claim that I know the key to being one–but though I have yet to achieve it, I believe I have identified the ONE skill … Continue reading

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Disclaimer

I wrote in my first post that I have no credentials for giving writing advice other than having read lots of other writing advice, and I want to continue to make that clear. I haven’t posted very much, but I … Continue reading

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The Mirage of Perfection

Some say perfectionism drives us forward, gives us a goal, demands our best work. These people are probably not perfectionists. In my experience, the desire for perfection has been the single greatest problem I face in attempting to write anything … Continue reading

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Welcome

I know that this is merely a shout into the void, an echo into silence–as Neil Gaiman said in his lovely commencement speech at the University of the Arts, like a message in a bottle sent out across the ocean, … Continue reading

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